WSJ: $99 Acer Iconia B1 tablet headed for emerging markets only

WSJ: $99 Acer Iconia B1 tablet headed for emerging markets only
The other day we told you about the rumored $99 Acer Iconia B1 Android tablet that is expected to come to market with a 7 inch 1024 x 600 display. The pixel density of 170ppi tops the 162ppi of the 7.9 inch Apple iPad mini tablet and matches precisely the specs of the panel on the BlackBerry PlayBook. While the Wall Street Journal says that a person close to the project expects a launch early next year, the bad news is that the tablet is expected to be offered to emerging markets only. That is despite a visit to the FCC by the tablet.

Acer's plan is to produce a tablet with specs similar to other low priced models in the crowded 7 inch Android tablet market, like the Amazon Kindle Fire 2, but undercut them on price. At $99, Acer will be achieving that goal. It is a 180 degree change in strategy for Acer, which has been trying to pump up profit margins by focusing on high-end models.

The person close to the project says that the launch of the Google Nexus 10 (made by Samsung) made Acer change its focus on pricing. Additionally, rumors that rival manufacturer ASUS was planning to build a $99 Android tablet spurred on Acer. Although those rumors were denied by ASUS, the company is still expected to build an Android tablet in the $129-$149 price range.

The same source also told the WSJ that Acer will build a low priced version of its Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets since most models have been very expensive.

source: WSJ

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Iconia B1
  • Display 7.0 inches
    600 x 1024 pixels
  • Camera ()
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware MediaTek, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2710 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2



6. deuel18

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

i wish acer would make beter quality tablet though..i had a110 and its good just need to adjust to be friend with the acer tablet, but if samsung would make a 7" version of the galaxy note...with the S pen....were done with the deal guys...and if asus entered the battlefield of cheap 7" tab..the selections will be better though...

5. Mobilephile

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

pricing is heating up in this space, bad news for apple!

4. SomikSharma

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Acer is competing with ipad mini and nexus 7. Really middle user will be happy after listening this news. Thanks to you! Technozmaniablogspot

3. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Add import duties, taxes, dealer margin etc and this would become $180+ in India. There are already few players in that range in Indian market and i am sure they will up their specs too if this offers competition to them.

2. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I agree. Their WP8 tablets are crazy expensive, and honestly, Windows doesn't have the mobile swag to try to play the pricing game yet. Follow the path of the Nexus: Affordability with semi-premium quality to establish your clique, then set the standards for everyone else to follow. Kudos to Google for playing the price-game RIGHT

1. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

The way it should be :)

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